World Leaders 31st December 2019

CountriesLeader and their Current Age
GermanyAngela Merkel Chancellor 65

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FranceEmmanuel Macron President 42

(wife Brigitte 66)

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ItalyGiuseppe Conte PM (since 1 Jun 2018) 55

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UKBoris Johnson PM (since 24 Jul 2019) 55
succeeding Theresa May PM 63

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CanadaJustin Trudeau PM 48

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USADonald Trump President 73

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TongaTupou VI King 60

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NZJacinda Ardern PM (since 26 October 2017) 39

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PNGJames Marape PM (since 30 May 2019) 48

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Scott Morrison PM (since 24 Aug 2018) 51

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Some Famous Aussie Politicians

Anthony Albanese Opposition Leader 56

Bill Shorten 52

Alexander Downer 68
That London conversation with George Papadopoulos (Trump's adviser) in May 2016

Some Famous Aussie Writers
Nikki Gemmell 53

Frances Whiting (about) mid 50s

Greg Sheridan 63

Click here for some editorials written by Greg in The Australian (2007-2018)

Bernard Salt 62

Phillip Adams 80

Famous Footballer
Israel Folau 30

Middle East 
IsraelBenjamin Netanyahu PM 70

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Gaza StripIsmail Haniyeh PM 57
West BankMahmoud Abbas President 84
TurkeyRecep Erdogan President 65

Click here for a recent article on the Turkish President in the Weekend Australian

EgyptAbdel Fattah el-Sisi President 65
LebanonMichel Aoun President 84

Saad al-Hariri PM 49

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SyriaBashar al-Assad President 54

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JordanAbdullah II King 57
Saudi ArabiaSalman King 84

Mohammad bin Salman Crown Prince (since 21 June 2017) 34

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With regard to the failed state of Yemen directly to the south click here for Yemen's current status, there are currently three Presidents, 1.President Hadi, reportedly under house arrest in Saudi Arabia, 2.Mahdi al-Mashat, acting President of the Houthi movement in Sanaa, and 3.Aidarus al-Zoubaidi, President of the Southern Transitional Council in Aden.

IraqAdil Abdul-Mahdi PM (since 25 Oct 2018) 77
IranAli Khamenei Supreme Leader (Ayatollah) 80

Hassan Rouhani President 71

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Aga KhanAga Khan IV Prince Shah Karim Al Hussaini born in Geneva Switzerland. 83
His father was born in Karachi (capital of modern day Pakistan). His grandfather and great grandfather were born in Iran. He is said to be a direct lineal descendant of Mohammed through Mohammed's cousin and son-in-law, Ali, considered the first Imam in Shia Islam, and Ali's wife Fatima az-Zahra, Mohammed's daughter from his first marriage.

While the Aga Khan has British citizenship and travels worldwide continually, his primary residence is in Gouvieux, 65 kms north of Paris France.

PakistanImran Khan PM (since 18 Aug 2018) 67

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RussiaVladimir Putin President 67
IndiaNarendra Modi PM 69
India is the second most populated country in the world.
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Dalai Lama 84
As Leader of Tibetan government in exile, the Dalai Lama's residence is in Dharamshala in the far north of India.

BangladeshSheikh Hasina PM 72
Myanmar (Burma)Win Myint President (since 2018) 68

Aung San Suu Kyi (Owwn Saan Soo Chee) State Counsellor (since 2016) 74

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ChinaXi Jinping President 66

China (including Tibet) is the most populated country in the world.

Click here for a snapshot of China's status in 1800.

North KoreaKim Jong-Un Supreme Leader 36 (South Korea) 35 (US records)

In 1910 Japan annexed the whole country. Following Japan's defeat and with Soviet troops advancing, the country was divided at the 38th parallel by US troops on 10 August 1945. With Korea's division, between 400,000 to 4 million refugees fled south 1945-1950. In May 1946 it became illegal to cross the 38th Parallel without a permit. In 1950 North Korea invaded South Korea with the aid of Stalin and Mao. Both sides lost 1 to 1½ million people each during the following three year war, the UN, well, mainly the US, assisting the south.

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South KoreaMoon Jae-In President (since 10 May 2017) 66

With division of the country in 1945, Seoul became the south's new capital.

JapanShinzo Abe PM 65

Naruhito Emperor (since 1 May 2019) 59

PhilippinesRodrigo Duterte President 74

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VietnamNguyen Phu Trong (Nwen Phoo Trong) General Secretary and President 75

Click here for a list of presidents of North Vietnam 1945-1976 followed by the uniting of north and south.

After the French left in 1955, South Vietnam had two presidents
1. Ngo Dinh Diem until 1963 followed by 2. Nguyen Van Thieu until the fall of Saigon (Ho Chi Minh city) in 1976.

Click here for some historical notes of Vietnam (French Indochina) that included Cambodia (and Laos).

CambodiaHun Sen PM 67

Became Prime Minister in 1985, but has had a significant role in Cambodia since 1975, the rule of the Khmer Rouge, and the fall of the US backed Khmer Republic (1970-1975). Note, between 1975-1979 under Pol Pot's regime, all monetary exchange in Cambodia was abolished. The Cambodian riel was reintroduced following Vietnam's invasion in 1979.

ThailandPrayut Chan-o-cha PM 65

Maha Vajiralongkorn (Rama X) King (since 2016) 67

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MalaysiaMahathir Mohamad PM 94

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Click here for a timeline snapshot of British Malaya and British Borneo from Wikipedia

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IndonesiaJoko Widodo President 58

Click here for some notes on Marx 1818-1883 and Darwin 1809-1882

Click here for CS Lewis 1898-1963 and Joy Davidman 1915-1960

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